PA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE APPLAUDS HOUSE PASSAGE OF BILL TO AMEND FOOD LIABILITY ACT
HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference today thanked the PA House for passing House Bill 2477, which amends the Donated Food Liability Act. The bill will protect those who donate food from liability if the food has exceeded its labeled shelf life.
The PCC believes the measure is crucial during the current pandemic and resulting shutdown across the nation.
“While important during ‘normal times,’ HB 2477 is especially important now,” said Eric Failing, the Executive Director of the PCC. “It is becoming even more challenging to meet the increased food requirements of those impacted by the current pandemic. We hope that this clarification will correct the current misconception by many that donating past-date food will place the donor outside the Act’s protection. We salute Rep. David Rowe for his leadership on this issue.”
The action came just weeks after Tyson Foods warned of a meat shortage because of plant closures brought on by the efforts to fight Covid-19. A story published in Business Insider says supermarkets may see shortages for the next year and a half because of plant shutdowns.
The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference is based in Harrisburg and is the public affairs arm of Pennsylvania’s Catholic bishops